Scout the Borders

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Common

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Scout the Borders

Sorcery

Reveal the top five cards of your library. You may put a creature or land card from among them into your hand. Put the rest into your graveyard.

Scout the Borders Discussion

Spell_Slam on Wildland Fire

1 month ago

Cool idea for a deck! I think you could try to build around your commander even more.

In your mana base, a very easy inclusion would be all the cycling lands. Desert of the Fervent , Desert of the Indomitable, Tranquil Thicket , Slippery Karst and Smoldering Crater are great for Gruul decks to have anyways because of the lack of card draw and they work super well with your commander.

All the Dredge stuff would be great in the deck. You already have Brownscale, but you could use Shenanigans (there's always a target), Moldervine Cloak and Greater Mossdog all give you consistent action in the late game that will also power up your damage.

There are tons of self-mill cards that are worth running for card advantage. Lead the Stampede , Beast Hunt , Benefaction of Rhonas , Commune with the Gods , Kruphix's Insight , Scout the Borders all work at varying degrees of efficiency. If you ran a few more enchantments (which wouldn't be hard to do), this could actually be a great way to stock your graveyard and give you tons of action throughout the game.

With that in mind, almost every Flashback card is probably worth running. Same goes with Retrace and Jump-Start. These will give you so many options over the course of the game and be an extension to your hand.

Book Burning Targeting yourself is a pretty good way to stock the graveyard quickly, unless an opponent wants to take 6, which is also nice.

Chainflinger is decent in PDH and would fit nicely in a deck like yours.

Firebolt is very good in general and gets even better if you're milling it into your graveyard.

Fortitude can make a big creature a bigger problem and feed your graveyard lands.

Mother Bear seems like a good fit, like most cards that generate value in the graveyard.

Elven Cache is a great card to have in green PDH. It doesn't cost you a draw like Reclaim does, which justifies the mana cost, in my opinion.

Is Renewal to janky? Cantripping and fixing your mana might not be worth 3 mana, but it does move your gameplan forward somewhat.

A lot of the cards in your maybeboard are cards I think you should actually play. Excavating Anurid is quite strong. A 5/5 vigilance that cantrips at almost no downside for you is really good. Igneous Elemental is comparable to Flametongue Kavu in many scenarios. All your burn and removal that requires sacrificing creatures or lands is also good for your game plan. Quicksand has no downside in your mana base.

In general, I think having more creature-based ramp might be better than sorcery or artifact ones, unless they sac lands. Rampant Growth, Land Grant, Search for Tomorrow, Renegade Map and Armillary Sphere seem like they would be stronger as mana dorks. Zhur-Taa Druid and Silhana Starfletcher are both cards that do a lot of work in PDH, plus all the typical 1-mana ramp creatures in Green.

Otherwise, I think Diligent Farmhand and Muscle Burst is cute, but not very effective overall.

Relic of Progenitus is powerful, but very risky for you. Something like Night Soil could be a stronger choice, or just plain old Tormod's Crypt .

Chain Lightning and Lightning Bolt are oddly enough not impactful enough to play in PDH, in my opinion. I would vastly prefer Staggershock over either one for the better damage output or card advantage potential. These could be easy subsitutes for some of your maybeboard spells.

A lot of your creatures are aggressive, but not enough to really be pertinent in a game with 30-40 life (depending on how you play). Borderland Marauder, Burning-Tree Emissary, Moldgraf Scavenger, Zectar Shrine Expedition and to a certain extent even Scythe Tiger could be better as more resilient, synergistic or more powerful threats that scale better with all the ramping you're doing. Something like Sprout Swarm is a classic game-winning card that is good across the entirety of the game and works well with sac effects you're running.

Last thing: I think you should run more lands. I get that you're trying to be low to the ground and aggressive, but running a low land count hurts you in a lot of ways. It makes less opening hands keepable, it restricts the breadth of finishers you can use, it lowers the efficiency of your commander and cards like Winding Way and can even result in you running out of basics to fetch in the mid-to-late game. I think 38-40 lands would be a more appropriate number.

Again, great idea for a deck and I'm looking forward to hearing more about how you do with it. Is it more for 1-on-1 play or multiplayer?

Rzepkanut on Muldrotha Zombristocrats Brew

1 year ago

Lot of cards out there that fill the yard and give you a card to accelerate your plans like Mulch, Vessel of Nascency, Grisly Salvage, Satyr Wayfinder, Scout the Borders, Gather the Pack, Tracker's Instincts, Benefaction of Rhonas, Jarad's Orders, Mental Note, Thought Scour, Strategic Planning, Champion of Wits -also a zombie, dredge cards are especially good for accelerating this strategy.

flaminghome on Human Tokens

1 year ago

This deck seems really slow, which I know sucks to hear but if you're going to play modern, its the sad fact of life. i'd firstly recommend swapping out Benefaction of Rhonas for Commune with the Gods as its cheaper and swapping out Scout the Borders for Commune with Nature for the same reason. You'll also wanna take a look at your mana base, you'll end up drawing into the wrong land a bunch and most modern decks are already equiped to deal with that, so it could become a problem. I'd recommend running Brushland, Canopy Vista and/or Fortified Village, as well as some utility lands, most likely Ghost QuarterYou also arent running any protection/removal, so you might look into Fog or Path to ExileIncreasing Devotion is a bit high cost for what it does, and ite flashback will be almost impossible run without ramp.Other cards that I think might benefit you would be Anointed Procession, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, Strength of Arms + Sword of the Animist and you might sideboard somethings like Stony Silence, Silence, Leyline of Sanctity, Oketra's Monument as well as some ramp/protection cards.Hope some of that helps ;)good luck!

Druid_of_Blight on Boneyard Beasts V2

2 years ago

Looks pretty fun, I like Llanowar Augur. I would run Grisly Salvage over Scout the Borders though, it's the same thing for less mana. Also Commune with the Gods might be worth looking into as well, since it can grap your Mortal Combats. Also, I really like Vengeful Pharaoh in these style of decks, possible five mana slot over The Gitrog Monster? It's something to consider.

KongMing on Legion

2 years ago

Fun deck, but you only have 6 creatures with CMC 3 or less. I playtested it a couple times, and I never got the Soulflayer until past Turn 10 both times. Seems really contingent on having the Flayer to work. You also only have one source of Blue, and six cards that require it to be cast. I know they are mostly in there for the Soulflayer to Delve, but you don't have many reliable ways to discard the cards in your hand to the grave.

Right now it seems pretty unfocused and scattered. Cards that let you fish through the top X cards in your deck, put one in hand and discard the rest would be good for this deck. Examples include Benefaction of Rhonas, Bitter Revelation, Commune with the Gods, Forbidden Alchemy, Gather the Pack, Gifts Ungiven, Grisly Salvage, Moonlight Bargain, Mulch, Pieces of the Puzzle, Satyr Wayfinder, Scout the Borders, See the Unwritten, Strategic Planning, Sultai Ascendancy, Taigam's Scheming, Tracker's Instincts, Vigean Intuition, and Wood Sage.

Obviously, some of those are better than others. Pick the ones you think combo with the theme you want for this deck the best.

Lame_Duck on Demon's Festival (Modern B/G Demons)

2 years ago

The Massacres in the sideboard aren't Modern legal. Also, Grisly Salvage would be better than Scout the Borders.

_Kane_ on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant

2 years ago

Hey! Thought I would drop a few suggestions. It appears you need to add more black mana sources to you deck overall. These suggestions won't address that issue.Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Massacre Wurm, Reanimate, Exhume, Gravedigger, Rise of the Dark Realms, Triskelion, Grave Titan, Black Sun's Zenith, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Phthisis, Forbidden Alchemy, Chromatic Lantern, Windswept Heath, Wooded Foothills, Bloodstained Mire, Flooded Strand, Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Scout the Borders,

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